Events United lights Dropkick Murphys with CHAUVET Professional
Every year since 1996, Dropkick Murphys has marked St. Patrick’s Day with rollicking live performances of their irrepressible blend of Celtic, punk and rock music. This year was no different… almost! Given the prohibition on large public gatherings due to the corona virus crisis, the iconic band went digital to reach their fans on the day of Ireland’s patron saint, performing a live streamed show. Lighting designer Brian Lareau conveyed the energy and excitement of a Dropkick Murphys live music venue performance with a dynamic, fast moving and green-tinged light show that featured over 100 CHAUVET Professional fixtures and video panels designed and supplied by Derry, NH-based Events United, which put together the lighting rig and studio set up in 48 hours.
The Dropkick Murphys live stream rig was anchored by 20 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, which were used for effect lighting, ten of the new Ovation CYC 1 FC cyclorama lights (deployed as foot lights), eight Ovation E— 260WW IP ellipsoidals, four STRIKE 4 blinders, and 60 F2 LED video panels. Beyond the specifics of the live streamed show itself, the event has greater significance, points out Tim Messina of Events United. “None of us have ever lived through a time like this,” he said. “How do you even begin to describe the challenge we’re facing as an industry. This is something that we should approach as an industry, not as competitors. We need to share ideas, whether they involve live streaming or anything else. It’s important that we do what we can to keep moving forward until this all passes.”